By Peter Stevenson
STUDENTS wishing to study at the University of Cyprus could soon be able to take specialised entrance exams in English if deputies approve a change to current legislation.
Currently only those passing Pancyprian exams or holders of the relevant GCE subject grades are eligible to apply to study at UCY. The change, if it is approved, would allow applicants to take an entrance exam in Greek or English according to Rector Constantinos Christofides.
The move would pave the way for more private school students to study at UCY, he said. The new proposal would require students to meet three criteria.
First would be an exam in Modern Greek, the second would be an aptitude test and the third would be a test on two or three subjects which would be determined by the subject the applicant wants to take.
According to the rector successful candidates would hopefully make up ten per cent of students per year who will have the opportunity to study at UCY if the change is adopted. Five years ago discussions took place between the education ministry and UCY regarding the admission of students with GCEs. A compromise was reached with the ministry that only three per cent of all students admitted would be GCE holders.
Students from both private schools and public schools would be entitled to take the university’s entrance examinations but prospective students would have to choose between taking the Pancyprian or university exams.
Christofides explained that a special examinations board would be set up which would be responsible for setting up possible exams and accepting prospective candidates. In accordance with each department, the board would decide the passing grade for each subject.
Education Minister Kenevezos said earlier this week that the education ministry and the House were both still looking into admitting private school graduates into Cyprus’ state universities on the basis of internationally recognised exams.